president's initial tax request. house leadership canceled that vote with one aide telling nbc news "since the president is at $400,000, there is no point to that exercise." meaning, the meaningless floor vote is even more meaningless because the president has already compromised. that concession is still, however, not enough to bring republicans back to the negotiating table. >> they keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes, and i don't know how much of that just has to do with, you know, it is very hard for them to say yes to me, but, you know, at some point, you know, they got to take me out of it. >> joining us now from capitol hill is a stage of congress nbc's luke russert, the man -- >> oh, my,, alex wagner, how are you? >> i'm good. how are you, luke?